San Francisco/Bay Area Launching of "Enduring Conviction:
Fred Korematsu and his Quest for Justice" by Professor Lorraine Bannai.
Lori was a member of Fred's coram nobis legal team and is now Director, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at the Seattle University School of Law.
In "Enduring Conviction," Lori tells the story of Fred Korematsu, a 22-year-old welder in Oakland, California, who challenged military orders that culminated in the incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. In 1944, the Supreme Court, in one of its most infamous decisions, affirmed his conviction, accepting the government’s claim that its actions were justified by military necessity.
"A remarkable story of a man who stood up and spoke out in the same tradition of others in this country who have spoken out against oppression and discrimination...Fred Korematsu was an ordinary man who did extraordinary deeds and with that he made history."
– George Takei